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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Defective


DEFECTIVE, adjective

1. Wanting either in substance, quantity or quality, or in any thing necessary; imperfect; as a defective limb; defective timber; a defective copy or book; a defective account. defective articulation, in speaking, renders utterance indistinct.

2. Wanting in moral qualities; faulty; blamable; not conforming to rectitude or rule; as a defective character.

3. In grammar, a defective noun is one which wants a whole number or a particular case; an indeclinable noun.

4. A defective verb, is one which wants some of the tenses.